On August 4, President of the Republic of Abkhazia Raul Khadjimba had a meeting with Plenipotentiary Representative of the Republic of Abkhazia in the Republic of Turkey Vadim Kharazia and his predecessor Inar Gitsba.
Raul Khadjimba remarked that despite difficult political circumstances, a lot has been done during the work of the previous Representative of the Republic of Abkhazia in the Republic of Turkey, including in the task of establishing ties with the diaspora.
"I would also like to point out the immense work of Vladimir Avidzba, which was done before Inar Gitsba began his work. In the most difficult years, when there was no possibility of building any relations with Abkhazia, the work was continued in spite of everything. This work brought results that allowed us to continue working on the important task of strengthening of the relations with our diaspora and to help everyone understand those processes that are taking place in Abkhazia", - said the President.
He added that the process of recognition is not easy and that it cannot be expected immediately from other countries.
"For us, the important thing is to work with our diaspora so that its representatives would understand what we do here today, what we want in the future and that they, the descendants of the makhadjirs, have a right to live and grow here in Abkhazia, to return to their historical Homeland, to participate actively in all of our political processes and to be an important part of our state, not just as people who have returned, but as citizens of this state", - said Raul Khadjimba.
The President expressed gratitude to Inar Gitsba for the work that he has done in these years and remarked that his knowledge and experience are important and needed in Abkhazia.
"You have done quite a lot. Despite your young age, you have used your experience in your service for the benefit of Abkhazia, directing it to the task of strengthening of the relations with the representatives of our diaspora", - said the Head of State.
The President remarked that the work of the Plenipotentiary Representative of the Republic of Abkhazia in the Republic of Turkey should be supported by all state institutions and that the work done by previous Representatives should be continued.
Inar Gitsba remarked that he is always glad to be useful to the state and to share the experience he has accumulated during these years.
"We always performed gladly those duties and responsibilities that were entrusted to us. In our work, we were guided only by the Constitution of the Republic of Abkhazia and those foreign policy tasks that were set before us. The experience of Vladimir Avidzba was very useful to us since his work was a foundation for us to build on. We will try to pass on this experience if Vadim Nikolaevich would need our help. We are always ready to help", - said Inar Gitsba.
Vadim Kharazia thanked the President for the trust and support.
"We are aware of our responsibility. I am certain that we will be supported by our Homeland. I am leaving in a peaceful state of mind, knowing that we will be doing an important and good work together. All of us are parts of a single chain, and there should be no gaps between current and previous work. This is our common task", - he said.
At the end of the meeting, Raul Khadjimba presented Inar Gitsba with a wristwatch of the President of the Republic of Abkhazia, which he received for his contribution to the development and strengthening of the relations with the Abkhazian diaspora of the Republic of Turkey.